Nonfiction Short Take: The Other Serious – Christy Wampole

We’re in a nice moment for the general essay collection right now. The success of collections like Meghan Daum’s The Unspeakable, Leslie Jamison’s Empathy Exams and our own Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay all point to a happy resurgence of the personal essay.

Wampole is an academic who writes op ed for the NYT. And if the over 700 comments her 2012 “Opinionator” piece on hipsters and irony is any indication (“How to Live Without Irony”), she’s likely kicking the cultural hornet’s nest with this collection.

“Fascinating…. Equal parts pop culture, self-help, and philosophy, Wampole’s musings consider the gray areas of American life….Weighty yet entertaining.”

Striking a balance between her intellectual and artistic gifts, Wampole is serious without being pedantic, engaging without being superficial. This is essential for anyone who cares about the future of America.”
Library Journal (starred review)

“Christy Wampole has a nimble mind and a big heart…Reading The Other Serious is like going for a long walk on a clear cold day – everything feels challenging and electric, tingling with clarity, full of possibility.”
— Leslie Jamison

The Other Serious: Essays for the New American Generation (9780062320353) by Christy Wampole. $25.99 hardcover. 7/715 on sale.

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